JA Graphite

JA Graphite is compatible with Joomla 3 and Joomla 2.5. Please make sure your system meets the following requirements:

Joomla 3 System requirement

Software

  • PHP (Magic Quotes GPC off): 5.3.1 + (5.4+ recommended)

Databases

  • MySQL(InnoDB support required): 5.1+
  • MSSQL 10.50.1600.1+
  • PostgreSQL 8.3.18+

Web Severs

  • Apache 2.x+
  • Microsoft IIS 7
  • Nginx 1.0 (1.1 recommended)

Joomla 2.5+ system requirement

Software

  • PHP 5.2.4+ (5.4+ recommended)
  • MySQL: 5.0.4+

Web Sever

  • Apache: 2.x+
  • Microsoft: IIS 7
  • Nginx: 1.0 (1.1 recommended)

Browser requirement

The requirements are the same with both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3

  • Firefox 4+
  • IE (Internet Explorer) 8+
  • Google Chrome 10+
  • Opera 10+
  • Safari 5+

Development Environment

The requirements are the same with both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3

During development process, Localhost is preferred. You can use the following servers on your PC to develop your site.

Windows

  • WAMPSEVER
  • XAMPP for Windows

Linux

  • LAMP Bubdle
  • XAMPP for Linux

Mac OS

  • MAMP & MAMP Pro
  • XAMPP for Mac OS

1. Get to Know Your Template:

  • Everyone should read the Template's Overview Article! This is a quick and complete overview of the template, from the colors included, to all of the powerful Joomlart complimentary extensions that come with it. You'll also find links to the LIVE Demo Site, the Download area, as well as the Forum where you can ask questions.
  • Need Help Getting Around Joomlart.com? We've created a QUICK ACCESS GUIDE to help you become a Joomlart Power User. This is a wonderful reference, full of tips on how to quickly finding the template info, demo sites, module position guides and more. We don't want you to miss a thing!

2. Download Template and Extensions:

Check download folder for the Quickstart, Template zip and other complimentary extensions zip files.

Plan your site Development

  • Making a New Website ? - If you are planning to make a new website, then use our Quickstart package to clone the demo site and replace the demo content with yours. Check How to install Quickstart Package.
  • Installing on your live website? - If you are planning to use this template on your already live site, you should follow How to make your site look like demo site guide first to learn about the steps involved. Then you can follow up the userguide below.

1. Installing the Template on your Joomla

  • Browse and Download: Go to the Download Folder of JA Graphite and download the Template zip file. Refer to this screenshot for the overview of the download folder.
  • Install the Template: Now install the Template to your Joomla 2.5.

If you are new to Joomla installation procedure, please check the following documentation.

View Detail Documentation

Template Configuration:

JA Graphite template will install with Settings used in the demo site. So you can delay the configuration until you complete the setup (installing the other modules / plugins used in the demo site).

Once you have completed the setup, you can come back to the template back-end and check the various options for customizing your template. Refer to this Universal T3 V2 Back-end Config Guide for options to customize your installed template.

Note: T3 V2 template configs are the same in Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 2.5 . So the above guide link is valid for both.
Links to resources on T3 V2 Framework templates and advance configs:

Error? - I see “Missing T3” error on the front-end?

T3 framework 2 based templates need the T3 Framework Plugin to be installed and enabled.

2. Installing T3 Framework 2 Plugin (T3 system plugin)

Download the T3 Framework 2 Plugin (aka T3 System plugin) then install and enable it.

If you are new, follow This Guide to learn how to install plugins in Joomla.

  • Free Extensions: (aka complimentary / included extensions). We use many extensions on our demo site to provide greater flexibility and features. These are provided for free to our members.
  • Custom HTML Module: To match the design of the template, we also style (CSS) for Custom HTML modules using different div classes. You will need to check the HTML codes and make sure to use the recommended HTML markup to get correct display. We provide the HTML code in this userguide.

Know your Module Positions:

  1. View Module Position Image (used positions only).
  2. Use Module Position Overlay in Template (used & empty module positions).

Installing and Configuring Included Extensions:

Read more about Checking and Finding Module Positions in T3 Templates.

View Detail Documentation

List of modules / plugins used in JA Graphite Template Demo:

  1. JA Twitter Module
  2. JA Bulletin Module
  3. JA Facebook Like Box Module
  4. JA Social Plugin
  5. JA Latest Comment Module (Available to JAEC and JA Developer members only)
  6. JA Comment Plugin (Available to JAEC and JA Developer members only)
  7. JA Comment Component (Available to JAEC and JA Developer members only)
  8. JA Button CommentOn Plugin (Available to JAEC and JA Developer members only)
  9. JA Button CommentOff Plugin (Available to JAEC and JA Developer members only)
  10. JA System T3 Plugin
IMPORTANT: We provide the screenshot of the settings used on our demo website. Make sure you configure your modules / plugins in the same manner to achieve demo site alike style / functions.

Configurations for Modules / Plugins as used on Demo Site.

1. JA Bulletin Module

There are 2 Bulletin Modules displayed in JA Graphite's front-end: Latest post and Popular Post.

1.1 Latest post

Code:

Module Position: user4
Module Suffix: NOT USED

Back-end Settings for Latest post as in demo.

1.2 Popular post

Code:

Module Position : user5
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Back-end Settings for Popular post as in demo.

2. JA Content Slider Module:

This module is named as Follow us on Twitter on Demo site.

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Back-end Settings for JA Twitter Module in Demo

3. JA Facebook Like Box Module

This module is named as JA Facebook Social - Like Box on Demo site.

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Back-end Settings for JA Facebook Like Box Module in Demo

4. JA Social Plugin:

Back-end Settings for JA Social Plugin in Demo

5. JA Latest Comments Module

This module is named as Latest comments on Demo site.

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Back-end Settings for JA Latest Comments Module in Demo

6. JA Comment Component and JA System Comment Plugin

JA Comment Component can be easily integrated into the articles and allows anyone to participate and leave their opinions on your website. Make sure that you install comment component and plugin first.

To manage comment, select Components >> ja-comment

We have wiki for JAComment component for more information and how to use JA Comment

JA System Comment plugin is included to work with JA Comment component, so it must be enabled and here is the Back-end Settings for it.

7. JA Comment On Plugin

This plugin is to enable comment form in specific articles. To use this plugin, after you install and enable it, open the article (in back-end) you want to enable the plugin then click on the JAComment On button or input the tag:{jacomment on} in the content field of the article.

8. JA Comment Off Plugin

This plugin is to disable comment form in specific articles. To use this plugin, after you install and enable it, open the article (in back-end) you want to enable the plugin then click on the JAComment Off button or input the tag: {jacomment off} in the content field of the article

We use a total of 14 Custom HTML Modules in JA Graphite Template.

If you are not sure how to use Custom HTML Modules or how to access HTML Editor view. Read this Guide.

We will provide you with the HTML Code (markup) for reference below, you will need to replicate exactly and then change your content. Remember HTML code has special div classes, which are required for demo alike display.

1. Banner Text

Code:

Module Position : banner-text
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<p>After looking a good look at many of them, I can say that I think JA does a pretty good job at making the templates work well CROSS-BROWSER. 
It is amazing all the subtle little differences there are between IE6/IE7 and then across to Firefox and then Chrome and others.</p>
<h4 class="author">~ markjw ~</h4>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

2. Web

Code:

Module Position : content-bottom
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<div class="cat-link">
<div class="inner"><img src="images/stories/demo/sam-9.jpg" border="0" alt="Web design" />
<h4><span><span><a href="index.php/explore/menu-showcase/mega-menu/menu-showcase/web-design" title="Web Design">Web Design</a></span></span></h4>
</div>
</div>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

3. Logo

Code:

Module Position : content-bottom
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<div class="cat-link">
<div class="inner"><img src="images/stories/demo/sam-10.jpg" border="0" alt="Logo Design" />
<h4><span><span><a href="index.php/explore/menu-showcase/mega-menu/menu-showcase/logo-design" title="Logo Design">Logo Design</a></span></span></h4>
</div>
</div>

Back-end Settings

Front-end appearance

4. Identity

Code:

Module Position : content-bottom
Module Suffix : _center

HTML Code:

<div class="cat-link">
<div class="inner"><img src="images/stories/demo/sam-11.jpg" border="0" alt="Identity Design" />
<h4><span><span><a href="index.php/explore/menu-showcase/mega-menu/menu-showcase/identity-design" title="Identity Design">Identity Design</a></span></span></h4>
</div>
</div>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

5. Contact us

Code:

Module Position : content-top
Module Suffix : _text

HTML Code:

<p><img class="img-border right" src="images/stories/demo/office.jpg" <p><img class="img-border right" src="images/stories/demo/office.jpg" border="0" alt="My Office" /> Vestibulum Nam tellus ac leo interdum <p><img class="img-border right" src="images/stories/demo/office.jpg" border="0" alt="My Office" /> Vestibulum Nam tellus ac leo interdum Phasellus Donec tellus porttitor nulla. Dui sem ligula Ut vel at a volutpat Nunc non urna. Elit nascetur felis semper dictum urna habitant ut risus wisi at. Vivamus gravida vel turpis Sed dignissim Aliquam vel at lorem Proin.</p>
<ul class="contact-us">
<li class="address"><strong>Address: </strong>249A - Ut est hendrerit - Justo tortor</li>
<li class="telephone"><strong>Tel: </strong> (+844) 0987 5678</li>
<li class="email"><strong>Email: </strong>[email protected]</li>
<li class="website"><strong>Website: </strong>www.your-domain.com</li>
</ul>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

6. Welcome to the upgrade of awesome joomla 2.5 module

Code:

Module Position : page-title
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<p><span style="color: &#91;URL=http://www.joomlart.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=555555&#93;#555555&#91;/URL&#93; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.3; -webkit-text-size-adjust: none;"><span style="color: &#91;URL=http://www.joomlart.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=ffffff&#93;#ffffff&#91;/URL&#93; font-family: ArvoRegular, serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 28px; text-align: center; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">Welcome to the upgrade of awesome Joomla 2.5 templates. </span></span><a href="http://templates.joomlart.com/ja_graphite/" title="Sample link" style="border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; color: &#91;URL=http://www.joomlart.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=ffffff&#93;#ffffff&#91;/URL&#93; border-bottom-style: dotted; border-bottom-color: &#91;URL=http://www.joomlart.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=cccccc&#93;#cccccc&#91;/URL&#93; font-family: ArvoRegular, serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 28px; text-align: center; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;">Ipsum urna dis</a><span style="color: &#91;URL=http://www.joomlart.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=ffffff&#93;#ffffff&#91;/URL&#93; font-family: ArvoRegular, serif; font-size: 22px; line-height: 28px; text-align: center;"> pretium sed massa et ut nec wisi ac. Et purus pellentesque semper eu rhoncus scelerisque dui Sed accumsan ligula.</span></p>
<p><span style="color: &#91;URL=http://www.joomlart.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=555555&#93;#555555&#91;/URL&#93; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.3; -webkit-text-size-adjust: none;"> </span></p>
<p><span style="color: &#91;URL=http://www.joomlart.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=555555&#93;#555555&#91;/URL&#93; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.3; -webkit-text-size-adjust: none;"> </span></p>
<p> </p>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

7. Typography

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : _blank

HTML Code:

<p style="text-align: center; margin: 0pt;"><img src="images/stories/demo/typography.png" border="0" alt="Sample Image" /></p>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

8. Hi there!

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : _shadow

HTML Code:

<h4>Hi there!</h4>
<div class="block-quote">Vestibulum et tempus velit Sed et Pellentesque velit wisi dolor eget. Pulvinar et convallis leo Phasellus Nam Nunc ipsum dui dolor augue.
Sed Vestibulum elit urna sem consectetuer mauris nibh pharetra at wisi.<span><strong>Author:</strong> Web designer</span></div>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

9. Find us

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<p><img src="images/stories/demo/gmap.jpg" border="0" alt="Find us" /></p>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

10. Web Design

Code:

Module Position : user1
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<div class="cat-link">
<div class="inner"><img src="images/stories/demo/sam-9.jpg" border="0" alt="Web design" />
<h4><span><span><a href="index.php/explore/menu-showcase/mega-menu/menu-showcase/web-design" title="Web Design">Web Design</a></span></span></h4>
</div>
</div>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

11. Logo Design

Code:

Module Position : user2
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<div class="cat-link">
<div class="inner"><img src="images/stories/demo/sam-10.jpg" border="0" alt="Logo Design" />
<h4><span><span><a href="index.php/explore/menu-showcase/mega-menu/menu-showcase/logo-design" title="Logo Design">Logo Design</a></span></span></h4>
</div>
</div>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

12. Identity Design

Code:

Module Position : user3
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<div class="cat-link">
<div class="inner"><img src="images/stories/demo/sam-11.jpg" border="0" alt="Identity Design" />
<h4><span><span><a href="index.php/explore/menu-showcase/mega-menu/menu-showcase/identity-design" title="Identity Design">Identity Design</a></span></span></h4>
</div>
</div>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

13. Form contact

Code:

Module Position : user6
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<div class="btn-text">
<h4>Form contact</h4>
<span>Get in touch with us</span></div>
<p><small><em>Congue Morbi et hendrerit ac interdum Curabitur wisi et.</em></small></p>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

14. Sign up for Newsletter

Code:

Module Position : user6
Module Suffix : NOT USED

HTML Code:

<div class="subscription">
<p class="note">Free email news every month and many more...</p>
<input class="inputbox" type="text" value="Type your email..." /> <input class="button" type="submit" value="Submit" /></div>

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

15. Footer module

Code:

Module Position : footer
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

16. About Joomla module

Code:

Module Position : footnav
Module Suffix : _menu

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

17. Who's online module

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

18. Search module

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : _dark

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

19. Login module

Code:

Module Position : right
Module Suffix : NOT USED

Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance

JA Graphite site uses Mega Menu. Follow the guide below to create menu:

1. Home Menu

Menu Back-end Settings

Front-end appearance:

2. Explore Menu

Front-end Appearance:

Back-end Settings: Main Menu Items (parent & child)

  1. Item 1 - Explore - Menu Back-end Settings
  2. Item 2 - Navigations - Menu Back-end Settings
  3. Item 2.1 - Split menu - Menu Back-end Settings
Note: Css, Dropline and Mega menu are also configured similar to Split menu menu.
  1. Item 3 - Color themes - Menu Back-end Settings
  2. Item 4 - Default color - Menu Back-end Settings
Note: Other sub-menus in Color themes are also configured similar to Default color menu.
  1. Item 5 - Extensions addon - Menu Back-end Settings
  2. Item 6 - JA Comments - Menu Back-end Settings
Note: Other sub-menus in Extensions addon are also configured similar to JA Comment menu.
  1. Item 7 - And more... - Menu Back-end Settings
  2. Item 8 - Template info - Menu Back-end Settings
  3. Item 9 - Module Positions - Menu Back-end Settings
  4. Item 10 - User guide - Menu Back-end Settings
  5. Item 11 - Content Right - Menu Back-end Settings
  6. Item 12 - Full width page - Menu Back-end Settings
  7. Item 13 - Layout menu - Menu Back-end Settings

3. Menu Showcase

Front-end Appearance:

Back-end Settings: Main Menu Items (parent & child)

  1. Item 1 - Menu Showcase - Menu Back-end Settings
  2. Item 2 - Web design - Menu Back-end Settings
  3. Item 3 - Identity design - Menu Back-end Settings
  4. Item 4 - Logo design - Menu Back-end Settings

4. Typography menu

Menu Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance:

5. Graphite's blog

Menu Back-end Settings

Front-end Appearance:

6. Contact us menu

Front-end Appearance:

Note 1: To create Contacts page like demo site, you must go to Components >> Contacts >> Contact Name Here to configure - Back-end Settings - Front-end Appearance

1. Installing

If you are new to this Joomla component, please read this guide.

K2 Installation Documentation

2. Configuring K2 component

2.1 Global Configuration:

Click Parameter button on the right.

Back-end Setting

2.2 Category Configuration:

To build your website like our demo, navigate to Administrator >> Component >> K2 >> Categories

In JA Graphite, there are 2 templates supported for K2: ja_graphite_blog and ja_graphite. The template ja_graphite_blog is specific for K2 blog page.

Front-end appearance

  • K2 Category list page
  • K2 Item List Page

My Blog category:

Our portfolio category:

Web design category:

Note: The other categories are inherited from category: Web design

3. Configurations for K2 Modules as on our Demo

This instruction is a reference for developers using manual installation, a guide on how to set up K2 Component like on the demo website and the quick-start package.

Please refer to the official documentation on how to install and set up K2.

3.1 K2 Comment Module

Code:

Module Position :  right
Module suffix : NOT USED

3.2 K2 User Module

Code:

Module Position :  right
Module suffix : NOT USED

3.3 K2 Users Module

Code:

Module Position :  right
Module suffix : NOT USED

JA Graphite comes with multiple typography styles for headings, content, tables, buttons, quotes, lists and so on...

You can view the Typography Page on the Demo site: Typography Page

Here is the Typo HTML code

You can use the above HTML code to make a similar page on your website and refer to the codes for using Typography.

IMPORTANT: These typography styles are specific to JA Graphite template and if you use them in your content and later decide to change the template, the styles will be broken, as these styles depend upon the template based css files (typo.css). We recommend using minimum typography, if you plan to change your template in the future.

The above userguide should help one in replicating the Demo site settings for the template and extension on their site.

Recommended:

If you are new or confused, we recommend installing Quickstart on your localhost and use it as reference for configs. This is the best way to work with any template.

Links to all the resources are provided above, you should read them carefully to take the maximum advantage of our products.

Support:

Please raise your support queries in the forum and make sure you follow the support guidelines. We spend more time on getting the information from users in case the support guidelines are not followed.

If you have any questions regarding this userguide, please ask in the forum. This thread is locked.